Yesterday morning, still half-asleep, I read an angry comment from a blog reader.
Let’s call him Dan. The poor fellow once found himself lost in the woods and wanted practical tips to aid him next time such an event might occur. He discovered a blog post (written by yours truly in July, 2010) and proceeded to read for informative wise advice about What to do if you’re lost in the woods.
This was the WORST advice for being lost in the woods that I have ever seen. I was really expecting something helpful and all I encountered was: discover the inner rhythm of thickets. Seriously?! I have actually been lost in the woods and I wanted to find concrete tips for the next time I find myself in the woods and all you have done is waste my time with useless platitudes and adages.
I read Dan’s comment to Barry.
“Are you upset?” he asked.
“No,” I replied. And I really wasn’t. Befuddled, perhaps. Had one of us missed the forest for the trees?
This morning I traveled back to July, 2010, and read the blog post (having 94% forgotten its contents since then.)
Dan, Dan, Dan. There was so MUCH practical advice in this post! Even though some of it was, OK, cloaked in metaphysical garb. How could you have missed all the useful hints? I am so inclined to write you a proper response.
I am so very sorry to hear that you were lost in the woods. It can be a terrifying experience. You must have been very scared, indeed. I’ve been scared, too, during those times when I’ve been lost in the woods.
I’m also sorry to hear that you got lost in the Internet the other day. That can be really challenging, too. We Google for practical information and the next thing we know we’re stuck in someone’s metaphysical ramblings. It can be a shock to the entire system, can’t it?
The answer, of course, is just a click away. We recognize that we’re lost and we realize that we need to travel elsewhere. We calmly click that Guiding Mouse to the left or right and, wa la!, we’re perhaps on a site that offers to lead us home to where we’re searching.
I can see why you’re angry, Dan. When we’re scared and lost, we tend to lash out. We so want to find our way to the safe paths which seem to guide us to where our mind wants to go.
Hoping you’ve found your way by now. Trusting your inner compass will guide you and that maybe someone on the Internet might teach you something more practical.
Many blessings as you travel, Another Wayfarer on this Pilgrimage called Life
P.S. Dan, if you Google Avalanche Roof Shovels or Palm Trees or Studebakers or How to Survive a Power Outage–please do not return to this blog!